Honda Finally Going EV; Record Year for Apps; Windows 11 in October; Amazon Flex Firing

Honda has announced its first all-electric vehicle, the Prologue. Slated to arrive by early 2024, the SUV will be equipped with General Motors’ Ultium battery platform, which will also be used in the upcoming GMC Hummer EV supertruck and SUV. Mashable notes that the Prologue helps Honda get closer to its goal of selling only zero-emission vehicles in North America by 2040. Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, will also release an electric SUV in 2024, its first EV ever. Honda has offered hybrids for years. 

App developers are having a good year according to new statistics from market data company App Annie, which found that users spent $34 billion on apps in Q2 of 2021. Android and iPhone users spent $7 billion more in Q2 compared to last year and $2 billion more in comparison to Q1 2021. Zdnet.com reports that  iOS App Store users spent $22 billion, a 30% jump from the figures seen in Q2 last year. Spending in the Google Play store grew by 20% to $12 billion.

Microsoft keeps hinting at an October release date for Windows 11. The software giant teased an October date several times during its Windows event last week, including one instance where a Microsoft Teams message says “excited to turn it up to 11… can’t wait for October!” According to theverge.com, Microsoft has only officially said “holiday” for Windows 11 availability, but the company’s official marketing material strongly hints at an October 20th date. Alongside Microsoft’s own hints, Walmart is also promising a “free Upgrade to Windows October 2021 when available.” 

Amazon’s contract Flex delivery driver fleet already has to deal with various indignities, and you can now add the fact that they can be hired — and fired — by algorithms, according to a Bloomberg report.  Amazon uses millions of subcontracted drivers for its Flex delivery program. Drivers sign up via a smartphone app via which they can choose shifts, coordinate deliveries and report problems. They’re also monitored for performance and fired by algorithms with little human intervention. Drivers must pay $200 to dispute any termination, and many have said it’s not worth the effort.



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